Configure partners with British Land on Broadgate complex

Proptech platform Configure has partnered with British Land, which will use its technology in the flagship 10 Exchange Square complex at Broadgate in London.

The Configure technology, which provides potential tenants with the ability to visualise and customise fit-outs, will be used across 30,000 sq ft of British Land-developed office space.

An image of the 10 Exchange Square office complex at Broadgate in London

Potential tenants will be able to choose between three different layouts and three design options, described as “natural”, “contemporary” or “creative” styles. The options are fully programmed and costed and the fit-outs will be delivered within 12 weeks from agreement to lease, making the leasing and moving experience simpler and quicker for the tenants.

The Configure platform works with Modus, an office design and build contractor, on prioritising carbon reduction and sustainability. The available designs have an average recycled content of 88% in all the furniture options and finishes.

This focus on ESG complements British Land’s efforts to reduce the embodied and operational carbon of the buildings at Broadgate as it adapts its portfolio to net zero by 2030. At 10 Exchange Square the existing access flooring has been retained to save in excess of 400 tonnes of carbon.

Ben Vinten, Head of Platform, Configure

“This has been a natural partnership, as both Configure and British Land put the reduction of embodied and operational carbon at the heart of our agendas,” said Ben Vinten, head of platform, Configure. “The considered approach to refurbishing the building and the sustainable ethos behind the workplace designs prove that recycling does not mean any compromise on quality.”

British Land will be able to offer occupiers a turnkey solution with certainty over the cost and the move-in date, he said, “while spearheading the commercial real estate green agenda like never before”.

The interiors available through the Configure platform have been inspired by a newly landscaped 1.5 acre park just outside the front door of 10 Exchange Square.

“Configure will make it much easier for our target customers to visualise the floors and really bring them to life, with the certainty of knowing how much it will cost and how long it will take to deliver,” said British Land leasing director Alex Colvin.

Configure, which is 12 months old, has launched new interactive features like isometric floor plans and immersive 360 views. The platform is on track to hit 500,000 sq ft in its first two years of operation.